Fred Meyer and Shell announced they are expanding a fuel-price discount program in Idaho starting on Monday. Customers who use the Fred Meyer rewards card when they shop, accruing one fuel point per dollar spent, will be able to redeem more of those points at the pump to get steeper discounts.
Currently, customers can redeem 100 fuel points for 10 cents off per gallon, per fill-up. The new structure allows customers to spend some or all of their points at once so a customer with 400 fuel points could redeem those points for 40 cents off per gallon, or half of them for 20 cents off. The cutoff is $1 per gallon for customers who have spent the $1,000 necessary to accrue 1,000 points.
The points are good for up to 35 gallons of fuel per vehicle, per purchase. The discounts are available at Fred Meyer and Shell gas stations in the Treasure Valley. It is expanding in Oregon and Washington as well.
"Our customers have continued to tell us that the convenience and price of fuel is an important part of why they shop with us," said Melinda Merrill, spokesperson for Fred Meyer and QFC, in a news release. "We have worked hard over the past few years to build convenient fuel centers, and we are pleased to offer this added discount to our loyal customers."
In addition to the point-per-dollar rewards on most Fred Meyer purchases, customers can earn 50 fuel points when they buy certain prescription drugs except for Medicare, Medicaid and other government-aid prescriptions and double fuel points for each dollar spent on certain gift cards.
Fuel points are automatically added to the customer's rewards card account and are displayed on shoppers' receipts. They must be used during the month they are earned or the following month.